Living Attention: On Teresa Brennan

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As an internationally respected feminist philosopher, radical social and political theorist, and tireless activist, Teresa Brennan (1952–2003) was one of the most provocative thinkers of our time. Living Attention is a tribute to the significance of her thought and a testament to the transformative power of her life.

This book demonstrates the scope of Brennan’s thought as it continues to challenge academics, public intellectuals, and government leaders. Her concerns ranged from the implications of psychoanalytic theory to relations between men and women to the effects of globalization on our ecological system. The contributors to this volume—from a broad variety of disciplines, including philosophy, literature, government, literary and critical theory, and women’s studies—take up Brennan’s call to radical thinking and, by examining different aspects of Brennan’s work, critically engage with her oeuvre.
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About the author

Alice A. Jardine is Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Studies on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. She is the coeditor (with Anne M. Menke) of Shifting Scenes: Interviews on Women, Writing, and Politics in Post-68 France.

Shannon Lundeen is Associate Director of the Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Pennsylvania and the coeditor (with Mary C. Rawlinson) of The Voice of Breast Cancer in Medicine and Bioethics.

Kelly Oliver is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University and the author of The Colonization of Psychic Space: A Psychoanalytic Social Theory of Oppression.

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Publisher
SUNY Press
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Published on
Feb 29, 2012
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Pages
158
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ISBN
9780791480120
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Language
English
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Genres
Philosophy / General
Psychology / Movements / Psychoanalysis
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